The Academy NYLA celebrates every dancer's differences. Everyone moves and learns differently, so let's foster that!
We take a holistic approach to dance training, focusing on values of body positivity and healthy self esteem and safe, effective physical training. We offer Ballet, Contemporary, Hip-Hop, Acro, and Lyrical, private lessons and group classes for ages 5 and up in West Hollywood and Santa Monica. We take shame and comparison out of the dance training experience, helping every dancer to feel their best!
Kindness comes first
All bodies are strong and beautiful
We are all equal
We can do hard things
Mistakes are our best teachers
Challenges help us grow
Each of us is unique and that’s a good thing!
There is always something to be grateful for
CHOOSE YOUR PATHWAY
YOUTH GROUP CLASSES
All ages, all levels, all bodies are welcome! With a variety of styles to choose from, our group classes are designed to challenge you physically, build healthy self-esteem and foster a positive community. Check out our schedule!
One on one sessions, with customized curriculum based on your goals, strengths and areas for improvement. Private lessons will expedite your technical progress and help develop confidence.
All of the elements of a workout class without the comparison or shame. For 1 hour, experience the benefits of sculpt, strength training, cardio, dance and meditation in a dark candlelight room to the beat of good music! All bodies and abilities welcome, no experience necessary. You’ll leave feeling good in and about your body.
Unique opportunities to learn from the best! Workshops are master classes with phenomenal guest teachers. They are a great way to learn new specialty skills and step out of your comfort zone.
If you feel like your thoughts or anxieties are holding you back, mindset coaching is for you! These sessions will give you the tools to confidently move through challenges, on and off the dance floor.
WHAT PEOPLE SAY...
"When I first met Michelle, I was a very, “comfortable” dancer. I was content with where I was at, simply because I was afraid to challenge myself, and step out of my little world. Then... Michelle became my Contemporary teacher. I was so nervous because I had never taken her class before, and she was so experienced. I struggled internally. I struggled a lot.Mostly because I was so comfortable with where I was at, but at the same time was very insecure and lacked confidence. As I got to know Michelle more, she kindly took me under her wing, and in the process, my view on many things in my life changed. I admired her confidence, ingenuity, and most importantly, her ability to inspire others. I finally reached a point where I wanted more, I was hungry for change... and she gave me just that. She pushed me out of my comfort zone, and sparked a fire in me I didn’t knew I had. I was excited to try new things, and to work harder than ever before. She taught me to be confident, open-minded, and to stand out in the crowd; but most importantly to be ME.
She helped me realize I had nothing to be afraid of, I just had to take that extra step. Everything I’ve learned over the years, now plays a role in all aspects of my life. Michelle encouraged me to take that leap, and I’m grateful I did."